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January 2020

Texas Global Food Security Summit

Join the Eleanor Crook Foundation, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the World Affairs Council of Austin, and UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs for the inaugural Texas Global Food Security Summit. The summit will provide a platform to discuss and promote the unique leadership of the state of Texas in advancing global food security and nutrition. Summit speakers will include members of the Texas congressional delegation, state government officials, and leaders from the university, agriculture, business, and civil…

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February 2020

  • 12th February 2020 - Wednesday
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Ireland Briefing

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to feature at our next members-only meeting an evening with Ireland’s Consul General Claire McCarthy and Vice Consul Paul Breen.  During this special meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about current events in Ireland as well as Ireland’s inititiatives in Austin, America and the world. Join us and meet your fellow members and hear how to become more engaged in Central Texas’ international community. Please RSVP via your emailed invitation.…

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  • 19th February 2020 - Wednesday
  • St. Edwards University, Carter Auditorium
  • 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX.

Strategic Security Challenges in the Middle East: Perspectives on a ‘Second Arab Spring’ and the U.S.-Iran Confrontation

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to partner with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University in offering a presentation by Theodore “Ted” Karasik, PhD, Senior Advisor at Gulf State Analytics.  Dr. Karasik will share his perspective on the security challenges in the Middle East, the potential of a Second “Arab Spring” and the recent diplomatic and military confrontation between the United States and Iran. For the past 30 years, Dr. Karasik worked for several U.S. agencies involved…

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Central Texas Academic WorldQuest™ Competition

REGISTER your high school team by February 7th if your team is ready to compete in the Central Texas Academic WorldQuest™ (AWQ) competition on Saturday February 22, 2020. Each year, Academic WorldQuest™ seeks to inform and engage high school teens and their teachers across the country in global affairs. More than 4,000 students participate and test their knowledge of international affairs, global current events, and foreign policy. The winning high school teams at each local competition becomes eligible to participate…

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The Shifting Role and Impact of Diplomacy in a World in Disarray

The World Affairs Council of Austin welcomes Nicholas Kralev, Executive Director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, who will discuss the shifting role and impact of diplomacy in a world in disarray. Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist and entrepreneur specializing in diplomacy and international affairs, whose work of more than 20 years has taken him to almost 100 countries. He is the founding executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, an independent organization that provides practical professional training…

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March 2020

Ireland: Creating Space for Business to Grow

Texas and Ireland share a rich history of political, economic, and commercial relations. Texas exports $580 million worth of goods and services to Ireland annually, an impressive amount relative to the country’s population of 4.8 million people. With a GDP of $383 billion in 2018, Ireland is one of the most open, and export-driven economies in the world and the gateway to the European economy. The Celtic Tiger’s GDP increased by 4.3 percent in 2019 and is projected to increase…

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  • 27th March 2020 - Friday
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America’s Air Force: An Overview Featuring Lt. Gen. Marshall B. Webb

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED   The World Affairs Council of Austin is honored to have Lt. Gen. Marshall B. “Brad” Webb provide an update on U.S. Air Force operations.   Lt. Gen. Webb is the Commander, Air Education and Training Command, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. He is responsible for the recruitment, training and education of Air Force personnel.  This presentation will provide attendees with a review of U.S. Air Force efforts to meet current and emerging challenges on…

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April 2020

  • 22nd April 2020 - Wednesday
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The Firebird: The Elusive Fate of Russian Democracy

EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO EUROPEAN TRAVEL LIMITATIONS   The World Affairs Council of Austin, the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St Edwards University, and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Sudies at the University of Texas are pleased to present the Kennan Conversation with Andrei Kozyrev.  Mr. Kozyrev will provide attendees with an eyewitness account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the struggle to create a democratic Russia in its place, and how…

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May 2020

  • 7th May 2020 - Thursday
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CxC Amplified Week of Global Issues Webinar Programming

World Affairs Council of Austin members have access to several daily webinars during the week of May 4th including: 4th Ambassador (ret.) Bill Taylor, EVP, U.S. Institute of Peace, and Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine 5th Global Leadership in Crisis featuring General (ret.) David Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute 5th Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking featuring Lynn Sanchez, The Life Link 6th UN Women Global Champion for Innovation featuring Dr. Nina Ansary,  Visiting Fellow, The London School of Economics Center…

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  • 28th May 2020 - Thursday
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Condoleezza Rice among featured speakers in May

Additional programming during the month of May — 26th at 6pm COVID and AI Impact on Japan’s Economy featuring Nagasaki Yuta, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) 28th at 2pm Pandemics and Peace – The Road Ahead featuring Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO, US Institute of Peace 6:30 pm Build a Better World featuring Condoleezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State, and Philip Zelikow, Former NSC and State Department Counselor Please follow and like us:

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